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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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Collaborative efforts have expanded in recent years to reduce fuel loads and restore the resilience of forest landscapes to future fires. The social acceptability of harvesting and using forest biomass associated with these programs are a hot topic, with questions about the extent to which collaboration can generate unified...
Author(s): Jessica M. Western, Anthony S. Cheng, Nathaniel Anderson, Pamela Motley
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Our understanding of how climate and fire have impacted quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) communities prior to the 20th century is fairly limited. This study analysed the period between 4500 and 2000 cal. yr BP to assess the pre-historic role of climate and fire on an aspen community during an aspen-dominated period.
Author(s): Vachel A. Carter, Andrea R. Brunelle, John D. Shaw, Thomas A. Minckley, R. Justin DeRose, Simon C. Brewer
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Conservation of imperiled species often demands addressing a complex suite of threats that undermine species viability. Regulatory approaches, such as the US Endangered Species Act (1973), tend to focus on anthropogenic threats through adoption of policies and regulatory mechanisms. However, persistent ecosystem-based threats, such...
Author(s): Jeanne C. Chambers, Jeremy D. Maestas, David A. Pyke, Chad S. Boyd, Michael L. Pellant, Amarina Wuenschel
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain big sagebrush is a widely distributed shrub native to the western United States. Mountain big sagebrush ecosystems support hundreds of plant and animal species, including several sagebrush obligates. The distribution of mountain big sagebrush has been reduced since European-American settlement, and is likely to be further...
Author(s): Robin J. Innes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Synthesis
The interactions of fire on the landscape between 1900 and 2014 are explored in this master's thesis. A description of its content is not yet available from University of Idaho.
Author(s): Justin Barton Lauer
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important component of western high-elevation forests, has been declining in both the United States and Canada since the early Twentieth Century from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the spread of the exotic disease...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Diana F. Tomback, C. A. Aubry, A. D. Bower, Elizabeth M. Campbell, Cathy L. Cripps, M. B. Jenkins, M. F. Mahalovich, Mary Manning, Shawn T. McKinney, Michael P. Murray, Dana L. Perkins, C. A. Ryan, Anna W. Schoettle, Cyndi M. Smith
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.) ecosystems, expansion and infilling of conifers decreases the abundance of understory perennial vegetation and lowers ecosystem resilience and resistance of the once shrub grass − dominated state. We prescribed burned or cut juniper (Juniperus spp. L.) and pinyon (Pinus spp. L.) trees at 10...
Author(s): Rachel E. Williams, Bruce A. Roundy, April Hulet, Richard F. Miller, Robin J. Tausch, Jeanne C. Chambers, Jeffrey Matthews, Robert Schooley, Dennis Eggett
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A 106 acre (43 ha) aspen clone lives in the Fishlake National Forest in south-central Utah. Clones are comprised of multiple aspen stems, called ramets, which are genetically identical. This particular colony of ramets was named “Pando” (Latin for “I spread”) by researchers believing it to be the largest living organism on earth....
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Two of the primary global change factors that threaten shrublands worldwide are loss of native perennial herbaceous species due to inappropriate livestock grazing and loss of native shrubs due to altered fire regimes.We asked: (1) how do the separate and interacting effects of removal of perennial herbaceous species and burning...
Author(s): Jeanne C. Chambers, David Board, Bruce A. Roundy, Peter J. Weisberg
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate prediction of fire-caused tree mortality is critical for making sound land management decisions such as developing burning prescriptions and post-fire management guidelines. To improve efforts to predict post-fire tree mortality, we developed 3-year post-fire mortality models for 12 Western conifer species-white fir (Abies...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Duncan C. Lutes
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).